Orange Goblin

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Orange Goblin
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Singer Ben Ward, performing in 2006.
Background information
Also known as Our Haunted Kingdom
Origin London, England
Genres Stoner rock, doom metal, heavy metal
Years active 1995 (1995)–present
Labels Rise Above, The Music Cartel, The Animal Farm, Sanctuary, Candlelight, Man's Ruin, Mayan, Eccentric Man
Associated acts Ravens Creed, Electric Wizard, Capricorns, Dukes of Nothing
Members Ben Ward
Joe Hoare
Martyn Millard
Chris Turner
Past members Pete O'Malley

Orange Goblin, previously Our Haunted Kingdom, are a heavy metal band from the United Kingdom that formed in 1995. The band's lineup currently consists of singer Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner.


Orange Goblin was originally formed in 1995 under the name Our Haunted Kingdom.[1] They released a split 7" with Electric Wizard in 1996 on Rise Above Records before adopting the moniker Orange Goblin.[1] The band's first three albums were stoner/doom. On 2002's Coup de Grace they began to add punk, doom metal, and other influences to their sound.

Their first five releases were issued by Rise Above Records. Rhythm guitarist Pete O'Malley left the band in 2004 to pursue a career as an artist. On 16 December 2005 the band celebrated its tenth anniversary with a concert at the Underworld club in Camden also featuring Scissorfight and Blood Island Raiders. Their 2007 album, Healing Through Fire was released on Mayan/Sanctuary Records. On 3 September 2008 the band announced that they had signed with Candlelight Records and were working on material for a new album with a September 2009 release date in mind.[2][3] It was then announced in May 2009 that "Songwriting for the new album is ongoing but looks very promising with the skeleton of four or five new songs already in place. Two rough working titles for the new songs include Red Tide Rising and The Bishop's Wolf".[4] The band had earlier announced that it had postponed the recording sessions for the new album due to "unforeseen circumstances" and apologised to the fans assuring them that "it will be worth the wait". Twelve months later, in March 2010, a statement was issued by the band stating that while they were not necessarily never going to release a new album ever again, the prospective forthcoming album was to be postponed for the foreseeable future.[5] The band announced they will be recording new material in August 2011. Once mentioned on Ricky Gervais' XFM radio show. This recording was indeed completed in September 2011 and is set to be released early in February 2012 under the name of 'A Eulogy for the Damned' by Candlelight Records.[6]

In mid-2010 the band's back catalog was reissued on Rise Above Records in digipack form. In mid-December 2010 they celebrated their fifteenth anniversary with support coming from British blues-rock band Firebird - featuring previous members of Carcass and Spiritual Beggars - and American doom-rock band Solace culminating in their annual Christmas show in London.

Orange Goblin also performed at the 2011 Maryland Deathfest music festival in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.

In 2014 the band recorded the follow up to their 2012 album 'A Eulogy For The Damned' and released it on 6 October (UK/EU) and 7 October (USA) through Candlelight Records. The album is entitled 'Back From The Abyss' and entered the UK album charts at #98. "‘Back from the Abyss’ is the sound of Orange Goblin firing on all cylinders!" roars frontman Ben Ward. "From the Sabbathian, weighty-groove of ‘Sabbath Hex’, the Motörhead-styled punk snarl of ‘The Devil’s Whip’, the epic, Maiden-esque gallop of ‘Mythical Knives’, through to the apocalyptic Doom of ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’; this is the best of all of our individual influences pulled together. We have created the definitive Orange Goblin album. Following the great, worldwide reception of ‘A Eulogy For The Damned’ and the subsequent 2 years of touring everywhere, we knew we had a lot to live up to. But we were prepared and entered the studio armed with an arsenal of killer riffs! They are all present on this album, continuing the Orange Goblin trend of never being afraid to move forward or trying something new. By doing so we have created a unique, heavy sound that lies somewhere between doom, stoner, classic metal, 70’s inspired heavy-rock, punk, blues and everything in between. We worked with Jamie Dodd again as he did such a great job on the last record and I think he has even gone one better this time around! Adding Jamie’s amazing production to the outstanding performances and songwriting of the band, we have made an album we are all very proud of. Our last album gave the band new life and sent us off into the unknown. This new album sees Orange Goblin stretching the limits once more… ‘Back From The Abyss’ and ready to rock all over again!!"

Band members[edit]

Current lineup
  • Ben Ward - vocals, guitar (1995 - Present)
  • Joe Hoare - guitar (1995 - Present)
  • Martyn Millard - bass (1995 - Present)
  • Chris Turner - drums (1995 - Present)
Former members
  • Pete O'Malley - guitar (1995 - 2004)
Session musicians
  • Duncan Gibbs - keyboards on Frequencies from Planet Ten
  • Jason Graham - keyboards on Healing Through Fire


Studio albums
Live albums
  • "Some You Win, Some You Lose" (2004)
Compilation appearances
  • "Saruman's Wish" on Dark Passages II (1996)
  • "Aquatic Fanatic" on Stoned Revolution - The Ultimate Trip (1998)
  • "Quincy the Pig Boy" on Rise 13 (1999)
  • "Black Shapes of Doom" on Bastards Will Pay: Tribute to Trouble (1999)
  • "No Law" on High Volume (2004)


  1. ^ a b Wilson, MacKenzie. "Orange Goblin Biography". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Orange Goblin Sign With Candlelight Records
  3. ^ Orange Goblin Myspace
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2] Statement regarding follow-up album to 'Healing Through Fire' on Blabbermouth
  6. ^ Orange Goblin Reveals New Album Release Date, Announces U.K. Shows

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